NOVENA DAY EIGHT: I would not give up my martyrdom for anything

From the remembrances of St. Agnes:

Only suffering (…), if you knew how happy I am now, what a beautiful crown of glory all the martyrs receive, I would not give up my martyrdom for anything. These were moments of great suffering and fear, but the thought of Jesus did not leave me, that I am suffering martyrdom for Him and this is the greatest honor for a Christian. I wished to die so and God fulfilled my desire (Compendium III, p.119).

From the teachings of St. Agnes:

Firstly, during the entire life one should await death; and secondly, during the entire life one should await rebirth, rebirth for the true life. Saints are able to deny themselves everything, because they believe that after death, they will be satiated to the extent to which their faith was strong. They are able to wait for this fulfillment entire years, denying themselves everything.

Those who do not believe are unable to wait. They want to experience everything in this life, fearing that they will not have enough time to enjoy life. However, life starts after death and then comes the time to enjoy life, and on Earth great work awaits man.

For those who worked hard during life, after death comes eternal rest. Without faith, this reality is reversed and people wish to enjoy and to rest on Earth, and after death they pay for this very severely (Compendium IV, p. 158).


Saint Agnes, who by nurturing true hope, denied yourself everything on this world and with joy suffered death by martyrdom for the One, who died for all of us, I ask you humbly, deign to intercede for me in every minute of this day and obtain for me the grace (mention your request).

Let your prayer give me comfort in times of trials and torments. Be my friend in times of loneliness and abandonment, and obtain for me from your Spouse, Jesus Christ, the eternal happiness in Heaven. Holy innocent virgin, who paid the greatest price for preserving fidelity to Christ, obtain for me the grace of complete purity of the soul and the body. Amen.

Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory be to the Father …
Litany to Saint Agnes.

Translated from: Nowenna do św. Agnieszki na podstawie textów św. Agnieszki z Orędzi na Czasy Ostateczne, które własnie nadeszły, Grzechynia 2015, p. 43-45